New building architecture
for digital universe
Metadata Electronic books
Helsinki Central Library Project, Feasibility Study 2010
by Klaus Oesch
• Borrow e-books (e.g.
Overdrive e-books in
• Read magazines
anytime, anywhere (e.g.
• Music library (e.g.
• IndieFlix movie service
• HelMet-pocket library
Pocket Library in Helsinki Metropolitan Area
Pocket Library is a new kind of a
service for library patrons. It runs on
modern iPhone and Android
The service expands the traditional
notion of checking out materials,
making it possible for library users to
check out books and other items
directly from other users anywhere.
The latest is that the mobile is library
To be more generally useful as a
library users personal information
assistant, it also has the ability to
manage the users' loans and explore
the library catalog.
The Laptop doctor helps customers
one-on-one with updates, security issues,
and installation of programs
Urban Office Meeting Point open for all
Modern equipment, free work and business
Skype calls, scanners, headsets, printing,
WLAN-N wireless, web cams for loan, chargers
Digitize your LPs and cassettes at Vinyl Bar!
• At the new Vinyl Bar you
can listen to LPs and audio
cassettes, but also convert
them to a digital format.
• The conversion of LPs and
cassettes are specifically to
CD-format, requiring a CDR
/ CDRW disc. It functions on
a self-serve basis.
3D-printing at Meetingpoint
• With our 3D-printer you are able
to print your own 3D-models or
free models from the internet.
Free and ready-to-use models can
be found for example from
www.thingiverse.com The main
purpose of Meetingpoint's printer
is to experiment and to get
familiar with the new technology.
The library as facilitator
The library provides its customers
with space, equipment, and knowhow as needed.
The customers describe what types
of events, materials, and guidance
The library and its customers develop
activities and events together.
Cross-European survey to measure
users’ perceptions of the benefits of ICT in
Susannah Quick, Gillian Prior, Ben Toombs, Luke Taylor and Rosanna Currenti
The purpose of the research was to understand the impact that public libraries in the
EU have on users’ lives.
% of adults who have used a public library in
the last 12 months/last month
The site of the new central library in
The winner of the architectural competition of Helsinki Central Library, by ALA Architects,
The New Central Library in Helsinki - Facts
• A hub of knowledge, skills and stories
5,000 - 6000 visitors a day
1.5 – 2.0 million visitors a year
200 000 items (books etc) to borrow
Events and guidance
10,000 m² of the library of the future
Open public space, free for all
Open 24/7 – part of it
Every day something new
Construction cost over 90 million Euros
Finished 2017-2018; 2017 The Centennial of Finland´s independence
New aspects in and for the planning
This is not a new main library with the administration and the book
magazine – it is ”a people´s palace”
User-oriented service design
Not one style all over the building
Ubiquitous building: from audiovisual to sensomotoric media culture
Knowledge, emotion and fantasy
Special attention to the acoustics and the ecology
The hottiest topic - the Sauna
• Helsinki citizens already expect the new central library
to have a sauna for their own and tourists’ delight
A Future for Libraries? Yes, if…
• we look at people´s lives and at the society, not at our services
• we are people-oriented: from collection and transactions to
relations and communication
• our service code is: Not ”to people”, yes ”for people”, more
”with customers”, and even ”by customers”
• we create personified services
• we make library a living place with different activities and thus
emphasize the role of library as public space and creative
• we move from offering access to information to knowledge
creating and innovation
• we learn to cooperate and work with different partners
where by thoughts,
we together and stories
Vision of the
Helsinki City Library
For me libraries are raw diamonds which need to be
refined that their value can be seen!